The holidays are around the corner, and it's the perfect time to plan your enchanting getaways. Here are a few delightful highlights to mark on your calendar 👇. For a complete list of events CLICK HERE.
A Retro Christmas at Longwood Gardens
Celebrate the holidays the new-old-fashioned way in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley. This year, A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens honors the charms of holidays past – without the fruitcake. Stroll through mid-century magic and acres of outdoor lights. Timed tickets are required during the holiday season and sell out quickly. Receive exclusive untimed tickets with your stay in participating Chester County accommodations. Learn More
Yuletide at Devon will transform the Devon Horse Show & Country Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland, with live concerts, carnival rides and photos with Santa (included with admission), and a high-end holiday marketplace featuring farm-to-table eats and craft drinks. Come eat, drink and be merry Wednesdays-Sundays from November 24- December 31. Learn More
Step back in time to the age of American aristocracy at du Pont family mansions decadently dressed in holiday style. From French-inspiredNoël at Nemours Estate to Yuletide at Winterthur and Holidays at Hagley, learn about the fascinating lifestyles and traditions of the era in cheery chateaus. Learn More
The Brandywine Railroad train display at the Brandywine Museum of Art is on view from November 18, 2023 through January 7, 2024. It has been a favorite holiday experience for over 50 years. Generations have reveled in the 2000 feet of track and antique railway that roll through a small village, farm, factories, a drive-in movie theater and even a carnival. Experience a special behind the scenes visit with the beloved Brandywine Railroad at Breakfast with the Trains (Saturday December 9, 2023 and Saturday January 6, 2024). Discover how the extensive layout is created and maintained. Events include a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers, before public hours, and a continental breakfast in the Milestone Café. And it's "all aboard!" West Chester Railroad's Santa Express, a 75 minute journey in a decorated, cozy train along the countryside. Bring your list as Santa makes time for all on this magical adventure.
It's a wonderful life on Chester County's merry main streets! Surround yourself in holiday cheer and shop for loved ones as you stroll: West Chester, Kennett Square, and Phoenixville offer a delightful selection of unique shops perfect for fun holiday finds. Shop gifts and treats for kids from one to ninety-two, and break for lunch or dinner at delicious downtown restaurants, many offering local libations to warm your spirits.